Spring a busy time on the Londonderry Rail TrailBy APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent April 15. 2014 11:39PM
LONDONDERRY — Members of the Londonderry Trailways group are thinking spring.
Over the past several weekends groups of volunteers were hard at working clearing brush from the walkway and this past Saturday they posted a new sign at the trailhead, located in the North Elementary School parking lot off Sanborn Road.
“It’s been a long winter,” Trailways spokesperson Pollyann Winslow said on Tuesday. “Now it’s time to find your walking shoes, inflate the tires on your bicycle or grab a scooter, baby stroller or walking stick.”
In late November, trail officials opened the first paved mile of the Londonderry Rail Trail, which stretches from Symmes Drive, near the Exit 5 Park & Ride, to the elementary school’s parking lot.
An early snowfall followed by a harsh winter put a temporary halt on much of the trail’s usage shortly after the first mile was opened, Trailways president Bob Saur said.
Saur and Winslow said they’re hoping to see plenty of activity along the trails over April vacation.
Trail usage will also be celebrated on Saturday, May 3, when Trailways hosts a public celebration for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. The festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school parking lot and will include food and live music.
Voters at the March 2013 Town Meeting approved a warrant article allowing the Londonderry Trailways to privately raise money for the project, and the following summer the Trailways group received a $100,000 state Department of Resources and Economic Development Parks and Recreation grant to assist with trail construction. Once completed, Londonderry’s 6.3-mile paved stretch of rail beds will connect Derry’s eight-mile trail to Manchester.